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Opinion Thomas Jefferson should represent the community it serves

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The April 25 Local Opinions essay “Black and Latinx students like us are now shut out of TJ High School” brought back memories of many public high school students I have met over the years at Montgomery Blair in Silver Spring. In many cases, these students worked several jobs to support their families while attending classes. They were from every racial/ethnic group and sexual orientation. They worked hard. Earned good grades. Every day. Staff and faculty were supportive and encouraged them.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is a great school, but it needs to represent the community and award more slots to Black and Latinx middle school students. Give them the opportunity to succeed. To beat the odds. To serve as role models. There is no standardized test to determine motivation. I applaud the work of authors Daniel I. Morales and Fabianna Del Canto as members of TJ Alumni for Racial Justice.

Cathy Henderson, Silver Spring

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